Caring for your Oriental Rug
With a few simple precautions your oriental rug can last for generations.
The first step toward caring for your Oriental rug is to vacuum regularly. Vacuuming in the direction of the pile will help to prevent additional dirt and dust from settling farther into the pile. Vacuuming against the direction of the pile or sideways will brush and lift the pile. We recommend that you vacuum in at least two directions, starting with moving in the direction of the pile. Limit how often you vacuum the fringe, particularly if your vacuum has a brush or beater bar – we recommend you use suction only and never a beater brush. It is not necessary to vacuum fringes as often – when needed, use suction only.
Beating and Vacuuming the Back of Your Rug
In addition to regularly vacuuming the face of your rug, every six to twelve months it is advisable to vacuum the back of the rug. It is best to use an upright vacuum and turn off the brush and beater bar. This process can most easily be achieved by folding the rug in half, vacuuming, and beating the back with a straw broom then returning the area rug to its original position to vacuum the face and repeating this process for the other half. This will also help to prevent moths from settling in to the back of your rug.
You may experience shedding with a new rug – the amount and duration of shedding is different from rug type to rug type. Tufted-rugs have more potential to shed than others due to the type of construction, but the amount of shedding will lessen over time and after a few months the shedding should stop.
We suggest rotating your rug every six to twelve months. This will help to prevent uneven wear, will extend the life of your rug and can be combined with the beating process.
The wool in your oriental rug is coated with natural lanolin. Fibers coated in lanolin oil are naturally stain resistant. In many cases, the lanolin will prevent spills from penetrating the fibers. Should you experience a more serious spill, the first step is to remove any excess liquids. A wet-dry vacuum is the best tool for this job. If you do not own a wet-dry vacuum we suggest gently blotting from the edge toward the center to isolate the stain. Check your rug for colorfastness, and if necessary inject additional water (cold or room temperature) to flush out the stain and remove. Repeat these steps as necessary. If the stain persists contact us.
Once clean, it is very important to dry your rug properly. Place a dish or rolled towel under the rug to prop it up and away from the floor and allow for airflow. We also recommend using a fan or hair drier without heat for faster drying.
It is recommended that you have your rugs professionally cleaned every 4 to 5 years or as necessary. If you have a spill or a pet stain that is difficult to remove, get the rug treated by a professional as soon as possible. In most cases professional cleaning will help. Professional cleaning will also help keep your rug healthy and lustrous.
Using Rug Pads
Oriental and area rugs can be used over hard surfaces (like hardwood or tile) or over carpeting.
A pad is necessary if one of the following applies:
The rug is slipping, moving or does not lay flat
The rug sits on a rough surface such as Mexican tiles or hardwood with rough edges that might damage the knots
or backing of the rug
You like the feel of additional thickness under your rug
Proper padding can help in any of the above cases. For more information contact us.
While Oriental rugs are meant to be used on a hard surface, with proper padding they can also be used over carpeting. Without padding area rugs will creep and move over other soft surfaces. The extent of movement depends on the type of Oriental rug and the carpeting it rests on. Generally speaking, the limper and thinner the area rug and thicker and fluffier the carpeting the more intense the movement. Padding can help to stiffen the back of the Oriental rug and stabilize it enough to prevent movement. Please feel free to contact us for more personalized advice.
Restoration and preventative repairs
One of the many wonderful features of oriental rugs is that almost every problem has a solution. If your rug shows signs of damage or extensive wear it is advisable to take it to a rug repair specialist as soon as possible to prevent any additional damage. Depending on the extent of damage, repairs can range from simple reinforcement to detailed re-weaving. Pay particular attention to the ends of your oriental rug. Fringes wear faster than the body of the rug and if the knots at the base of the fringe are removed or damaged the pile may begin to fray. If you see any change in this area of your rug, consult with our specialist as soon as possible to avoid costly repairs.